'Independence' half-marathon steps off early Saturday in downtown Bristol

Posted 6/22/22

The energy starts early on Saturday morning in Bristol, as runners in the annual Bristol Independence Rhode Race toe the line at 6:30 a.m. Held in partnership with the Bristol Fourth of July …

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'Independence' half-marathon steps off early Saturday in downtown Bristol

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The energy starts early on Saturday morning in Bristol, as runners in the annual Bristol Independence Rhode Race toe the line at 6:30 a.m. Held in partnership with the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, the half-marathon will follow the beautiful downtown streets of America’s quintessential community when it is decked out in its finest – during the oldest 4th of July Celebration in America.

The course runs along historic homes, the Bristol Town Common and the America’s Cup Museum, before heading out along the scenic coastline, through Roger Williams University and finishing along the water at Independence Park on Thames Street.

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